Tots in pyjamas brave the chill to raise funds for Camp Amazing charity

Bournemouth Echo: Claire Chissell with her son Tommy, aged 3 Claire Chissell with her son Tommy, aged 3

AROUND 20 toddlers and teens braved the winter chill in just their pyjamas at the weekend to take part in a sponsored walk.

Children as young as two completed several laps of the cricket pitch in Poole Park on Saturday to raise funds for Camp Amazing, which helps local families with disabled children. “Although it was very cold, the rain clouds stayed away and smiles were seen from all around,” said founder Claire Chissell, a mother of five from Poole.

“Afterwards all the children were presented with a medal and certificate of thanks and warmed up with mugs of hot chocolate.”

The sponsored walk looks set to raise more than £600 including a donation from a kind-hearted supporter in Thailand.

Stuart Evans who heard about the event through a friend, raised nearly £300 with a 10k sponsored walk on this treadmill.

“We can’t thank the children and families enough for braving the cold and everyone who donated including Stuart, who we have never even met,” Claire added. “We were very touched by his support!”

Claire whose youngest child Tommy suffers with a life-threatening genetic disorder, was inspired to set up Camp Amazing to raise funds and awareness for families with disabled children.

There will also be a summer camp at Holton Lee in Poole from July 27 to 29 next year.

A Halloween fun night was held on Saturday October 27 and raised £395.04, which will be divided between Camp Amazing and Poole Hospital’s children’s ward.

Camp Amazing is now planning a Christmas family party with a disco and a chance to meet Santa on Sunday December 2 at Champs at Poole Stadium from 1pm until 7pm.

Tickets for the event cost £3 per person and must be bought by November 28.

For more information contact claire@campamazing .co.uk.

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5:00pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Buddles says...

Well done for raising for charity BUT why a sponsored walk in pyjamas in this chilly weather? Some of those kids must have been very cold, some not old enough to express how cold they were......luckily no reports of a child being treated at Poole hospital for hypothermia, that would have been ironic.
Well done for raising for charity BUT why a sponsored walk in pyjamas in this chilly weather? Some of those kids must have been very cold, some not old enough to express how cold they were......luckily no reports of a child being treated at Poole hospital for hypothermia, that would have been ironic. Buddles

5:08pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Buddles says...

However I have just seen the second photo, at least some were wearing jackets but I still feel sorry for the kid in the first photo with bare legs and arms, he must have been cold, poor lad.
However I have just seen the second photo, at least some were wearing jackets but I still feel sorry for the kid in the first photo with bare legs and arms, he must have been cold, poor lad. Buddles

6:34pm Wed 7 Nov 12

beautiful you says...

my daughter took part in the walk and all children were very warm most with extra clothes under their pj's and some with dressing gowns as well as coats, so please dont worry about the children.
The little one with bare legs and arms in the 1st pic is Tommy and this was taken in the summer on a very hot day for another fundraiser that was held. It was a fantastic day and we had to wear suncream lol. Hope this puts your mind at rest.
my daughter took part in the walk and all children were very warm most with extra clothes under their pj's and some with dressing gowns as well as coats, so please dont worry about the children. The little one with bare legs and arms in the 1st pic is Tommy and this was taken in the summer on a very hot day for another fundraiser that was held. It was a fantastic day and we had to wear suncream lol. Hope this puts your mind at rest. beautiful you

8:19pm Wed 7 Nov 12

jitterbugs says...

Just to put your mind at rest, as 'beautiful you' said, the first picture was taken for a previous artical by the echo for camp amazing from our summer fundraiser. All the children at the pj walk had many layers of clothing on, in fact some of the children kept asking to take layers off and the adults who where dressed in normal clothing wanted to put layers on. Im sure their parents / carers wouldnt of let them join in the walk if they didnt feel they were safe from hypothermia. I assure you all the children were very warm. Thank you for your concern
Just to put your mind at rest, as 'beautiful you' said, the first picture was taken for a previous artical by the echo for camp amazing from our summer fundraiser. All the children at the pj walk had many layers of clothing on, in fact some of the children kept asking to take layers off and the adults who where dressed in normal clothing wanted to put layers on. Im sure their parents / carers wouldnt of let them join in the walk if they didnt feel they were safe from hypothermia. I assure you all the children were very warm. Thank you for your concern jitterbugs

8:34pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Buddles says...

Thank you both for replying.......mind suitably rested! :)
Thank you both for replying.......mind suitably rested! :) Buddles

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